With twelve years already under its belt, and a good chunk of those years providing weekly updates, it's understandable if new players might consider RuneScape
big to get into. So how do you circumvent this and continue to expand the population base? Why, you throw in a major update and rename the game to RuneScape 3
, of course!
In a recent interview, Jagex
CEO Mark Gerhard
talked to Gamasutra about how this exact approach gives
the game an all-new feel that is more likely to draw in new players who might otherwise overlook it. He stated, "We could have called it RuneScape Next Age
if we wanted to, and part of my thinking was, for people who haven't played this game in a year, it's going to be night and day. It's not a completely new game, but it's certainly a new experience." RuneScape 3
will have a more powerful audio engine, boosted visuals and a better draw distance, and upgrades to the UI, among other things.
Just like back with RuneScape 2
, the plan is to maintain the RuneScape 3
moniker for a while, then drop the numeral and return to the original name again.